Stephie Theodora

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Stephie Theodora
Born March 15, 1987 (1987-03-15) (age 34)
London, Ontario, Canada
Occupation playwright, musician, games designer, screenwriter, voice actor, filmmaker and radio host
Education BA in Theatre
Alma mater Ottawa University

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Stephie Theodora (born 15 March 1987)[1] is an Canadian playwright, musician, game designer, screenwriter, voice actor, filmmaker and radio host.

Early life

Stephie Theodora is the daughter the proprietors of The Villa Jazz Club where she spent most of her childhood. Her mother being Hungarian and her father from Greece.[2] Spending her childhood at the theatre, Stephie attended the Original Kids Theatre Company[3] along side Amber Marshall and Rachel McAdams. In high school, she was apart of the Beal Musical Theatre Program.

Theatre

At seventeen her first written play Blow this Popsicle Stand, swept the London One Act Festival[4] winning Best Script, People's Choice, Critics’ Choice and Best Actor in both supporting and leading roles. The show went on to win Best Original Script of 2005 at the Theatre Excellence Awards. Stephie was granted funding to remount the show with professional actors and in 2006 the show ran two weeks at the London Fringe Festival[5]. Here, it was scouted by the Prague Fringe Theatre[6] director who invited Stephie and her newly formed theatre company, Black Hand Theatre[7], to perform in Prague the following year. Also in 2006 Stephie directed and produced P&J The Mock Musical, which won Funniest Show of the 2006 Fringe.

In 2007, during her European debut in Prague, Stephie was selected by the Vienna Theatre Project to direct Samuel Beckett's First Love in Vienna. After a summer in Austria, Stephie returned to Ottawa University to study at the department of theatre, apprenticing under theatre director Daniel Mroz and assistant directing with Peter Froehlich.

In the summer of 2008, Stephie and her theatre company were invited to perform in the Berlin Lacht Festival in Berlin, Germany. Penning a new play Silkworm, based on her mother's village, Stephie and her theatre company toured in Canada, Prague and Berlin. In October, Artstetten written and directed by Theodora debuted in Ottawa, Canada and later enjoyed a three-week run at the Trans Yapid Festival in Istanbul, Turkey.

In spring of 2009 Theodora's The Death of the Good was invited to perform at the Hong Kong MicroFest in Hong Kong, where it enjoyed at two-week run at the National Arts Center. After receiving her BA in Theatre, Theodora relocated to Berlin, Germany where she began creating laboratory theatre workshops in the Atelier Uberall art-space.

Music

In 2010, stepping back from the theatre, Stephie moved into the Berlin Mitte art-space, MMX, and here she founded the techno punk band The Polymonsters, in which Theodora was the singer and trumpet player. The band won the 2010 Trashiest Band in Europe prize. Also, in 2010, Stephie joined the Berlin garage band Jimmy Trash and the Gunpowder Temple of Heaven headlining at notable venues such as Festaal Kreuzberg, White Trash Fast Food, and Haus der Kulturen der Welt. Stephie also played the trumpet for four years in the Humboldt University Big Band.

Radio

In 2011, Stephie Theodora began hosting, producing and writing Boogie Hour with Stephie Strumpet on the WTNR Radio Network. The show featured lost jazz music of the 1910s to 50s and hosted weekly guests. Also during this time, Stephie DJed weekly in Berlin's clubs and weddings as well as touring Switzerland's jazz club scene.

Video Games

In 2012, Stephie Theodora changed her focus to video games by designing, producing and coding the mobile game Gentrification Monster. The satiric game caught the attention of Berlin Games studio, Wooga, and later this year Stephie began interning at the company and eventually full time. In 2013, she joined, Pearl's Peril, in which she worked on content, designing scenes, story and overseeing the overall quality of the game. Pearl's Peril is in seventeen languages and has been played by over 50 million people. In 2014, Theodora designed and created the app Left4u which was nominated for the prestigious Der Spiegel Social Design Award in Hamburg, Germany.

Animation

In 2015, Theodora switched her focus to animation, where she produced and wrote the pilot Straight from the Womb with the Talking Animals Animation studio in Berlin. The project was invited to the I.N.S.A.N.E Animation Festival[8] in Malmo, Sweden.

Dramaturgy

In 2016, Stephie Theodora joined the season 2 writing team on the hit kids series Danger Mouse on Netflix and BBC. She later relocated to Hollywood, writing on series such as "Hanazuki," "Littlest Pet Shop" and Invention story. In 2018 she was staffed on Gummbear and Friends writing thirteen episodes for the series including the popular Christmas episode which has over 2 million views on Youtube[9].

In 2019 Stephie joined the Fox and Sheep games company[10] as the head of series development, turning their children's games into TV shows. Also in 2019 she became story editor of Robot Trains[11] and joined the Jim Henson Company writing on a new show set to be released in 2021.

Screenwriting Credits

  • Hanazuki: Full of Treasures (series writer) 2017
  • Danger Mouse (series writer) 2018
  • This Animated Life (host, series writer) 2018
  • Around the World with Fox and Sheep (series writer) 2019
  • Littlest Pet Shop: A World of Our Own (series writer) 2018-2019
  • Gummibär & Friends: The Gummy Bear Show (series writer) 2016-2019
  • Invention Story (series writer) 2020
  • FriendZSpace (series writer) 2021
  • Robot Trains (series writer) 2021
  • Lottie Dottie Chicken (series writer)2021

Awards and honors

  • 2019 Webby Award for Best Kids and Family Game, Writer, SHINE - JOURNEY OF LIGHT.
  • 2019 Parent's Choice Award for writing SHINE - JOURNEY OF LIGHT.[12]
  • Shortlist Der Spiegel Orange Social Design Award Vision/Designer "Left 4U".
  • Best Idea The OTHER Hackathon, Vision/Project Manager, Potsdam.
  • People's Choice Be My App Deezer Hackathon, Project Manager, Berlin.

Writing Awards:

  • Top Three Shows of 2008, Prague Fringe Theatre Festival (Writer/Director “Silkworm”).
  • Top Five shows of 2007 Prague Fringe Theatre Festival (Writer/Director “Blow This Popsicle Stand”).
  • Audience's Choice Award, London One Act Festival (Writer/Director of "Blow This Popsicle Stand").
  • Best Script, London One Act Festival (Writer/Director of "Blow This Popsicle Stand").
  • Critic's Choice Award, London One Act Festival (Writer/Director of "Blow This Popsicle Stand").
  • Funniest Show of Fringe, London Fringe Festival 2005 (​Director/Producer of "P&J:The Mock Musical").
  • Best Original Script of 2005, Brickenden Awards for Theatrical Excellence (Writer, "Blow This Popsicle Stand" ).

Other Awards & Accomplishments:

  • Active Member of the World Economic Forum's Global Shapers.
  • Expert Speaker, ARTmatters hosted by Michaëlle Jean, Governor General of Canada. ​
  • Anton & Demetra Kariginni Community Achievement Award, Arahova, Greece.

​* Panelist on the Board of ARTSmatters appointed by her Excellency Michaëlle Jean, Governor General of Canada.

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